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While Honda gears up to unveil the new Fit to the US market at the Detroit Auto Show next month, back in its home market, the car's crossover cousin is just going on sale. The Vezel was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show last month and already has a three-month waiting list in Japan, where Honda projects that 90 percent of customers will opt for the hybrid version. Not so in the United States, however.

When the Vezel reaches American showrooms, there'll be a number of key differences. For starters, it will carry a different name, though Honda isn't saying what that will be. For another, it will be built for North American consumption at Honda's new plant in Mexico, roughly half of whose production capacity is reportedly being allocated to the new crossover. And finally, it'll have a different engine.

In Japan the Vezel is being offered with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with or without electric assist. Honda won't offer the hybrid version here – at least not initially – but it is preparing to offer a turbo option. Although it has yet to announce US specifications and options, the 1.5-liter turbo four (also unveiled at the Tokyo show) is considered a stronger likelihood than the 1.0- or 2.0-liter versions.


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      FRD
      • 1 Year Ago
      What ever happened to the Element replacement?
      Cyrus Brooks
      • 1 Year Ago
      I actually like the looks of the Honda Vezel. It seems very practical and efficient. The turbo 1.5 should be a good fit.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great! Like the Ford Hype-Eco Turbo that Does NOTHING for mpg. Why are we seeing INCOMPETENT Management Decisions at Honda and Toyota now?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
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      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      No HYBRID NO SALE.
      drew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kinda digging this. I think with a turbo it's gonna sell like hotcakes.
      XT6Wagon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worst Crosstrek XV... EVAR! Not only did they not learn that the ZDX and Crosstour are massive failures, but they seem to think they should steal other small markets and apply the same horrible styling and utility to thier cloned cars.
        RandomFellow
        • 1 Year Ago
        @XT6Wagon
        This is smaller than a CR-V and just a little longer than the Fit. I have a hunch that there will be an Acura variant as well that would go up against the Buick Encore. In you hadn't noticed, the Encore is selling way better than expected. That might indicate that there's a market in small crossovers.
          JohnTaurus
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RandomFellow
          Not sure why you got down voted, everything you said was spot-on correct, unless somebody's mad because you hypothesized that it could become an Acura.
      quick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Perhaps Honda will ressurect the HR-V name for North America and Europe.
      Timon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks good! hoping it will be fun to drive.
      Gordon Chen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh, yes.
      Nicholas
      • 1 Year Ago
      Goddamn it Honda, stick that turbo in the Civic Si already!
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      So is Honda going to be beat Toyota in offering a main stream turbo?
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